Michael Gove slams 5G rumours after masts burned

Michael Gove and the NHS England Director have slammed conspiracy theories surrounding 5G and its links to coronavirus after masts were burned.

Last night firefighters had to attend a dramatic call after a 5G tower was reportedly set on fire by vandals close to the M57 motorway.

Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the large field where the tower is located as controversy around the new connection providers continues.

A separate video emerged on social media suggesting a mobile phone telecommunications box was set on fire the same night in south Liverpool as well.

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The fire comes as conspiracy theories linking 5G communications technology to the coronavirus pandemic spread.

5G tower in Melling which was set on fire on Friday night

Mr Gove hit out at the rumours, branding them "dangerous nonsense".

He said: "The stories that have gone about that [5G masts] play a role in the spread of the disease are nonsense, and dangerous nonsense at that."

Mr Powis also condemned the theories and said it was "rubbish" and "the worst kind of fake news."

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Addressing the nation in Saturday's daily briefing, Mr Powis said: "5G infrastructure is critical both to the general population who are being asked to stay at home and to the healthcare response to the virus.

"I'm absolutely outraged and disgusted that people would be taking action against the infrastructure we need to tackle this emergency."

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He added: "It is absolute and utter rubbish and I can’t condemn it stronger terms than that."

Mr Gove and Mr Powis' words come as masts were set alight in different parts of the country last night.

Emergency services battled flames near the M57 last night.

Fire crews managed to get the fire under control quickly and were photographed parked up outside the field shortly after the fire was extinguished.

In Birmingham, a mast was set alight in Sparkhill.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue confirmed that crews were in attendance at the incident but were unable to provide any more details.

Just hours before the reported incident, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson blasted the theories as “bizarre”.

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He said he was "amazed" by the amount of traction the conspiracy is getting on social media and that all scientific and government advice shows that the technology poses no harm to people.

Mayor Anderson also explained why workers tasked with maintaining the city's wireless network remained on the streets.

He revealed that he had even reported some tweets threatening to "tear down masts" to police.

He said he was "amazed" by the amount of traction the conspiracy is getting on social media and that all scientific and government advice shows that the technology poses no harm to people.

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